Mike Williams


Discrete Manufacturing December 18, 2022

Asphaltene turned into graphene for composites

Rice University scientists are working on converting asphaltene, a carbon-rich resource, into useful graphene.

By Mike Williams
rice simulation grid slider
Wireless September 19, 2022

NSF grants support future of wireless

Rice University researchers received three grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a larger effort to make wireless systems more intelligent and resilient.

By Mike Williams
redistribution model
Process Instrumentation and Sensors August 19, 2022

2D boundaries could create electricity

Rice lab leads effort to generate thickness-independent piezoelectricity in atom-thick materials. 2D boundaries could be the key.

By Mike Williams
Robotics July 31, 2022

Spiders used as mechanical grippers for soft robotics

Researchers are showing how to repurpose deceased spiders as mechanical grippers that can pick up objects, which can be used for soft robotics.

By Mike Williams
Vision and Discrete Sensors July 15, 2022

Strain-sensing smart skin developed for monitoring large structures

Rice University researchers have developed strain-sensing smart skin that uses very small structures, carbon nanotubes, to monitor and detect damage in large structures.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Yakobson Research Group, Rice University
Mechanical June 12, 2022

Bumps could smooth quantum investigations

Rice University models show unique properties of 2D materials stressed by contoured substrates.

By Mike Williams
Rice University engineers have designed a catalyst of ruthenium atoms in a copper mesh to extract ammonia and fertilizer from wastewater. The process would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions from traditional industrial production of ammonia. Photo by Jeff Fitlow. Courtesy: Rice University.
Sustainability May 22, 2022

Process strips ammonia from wastewater

Researchers have developed a catalyst that can pull ammonia from low levels of nitrates that are widespread in industrial wastewater and polluted groundwater.

By Mike Williams
Power Quality April 29, 2022

Lithium’s narrow paths limit batteries

Rice University study suggests stress among misaligned particles in typical cathodes limits flow.

By Mike Williams
creating 2D electron optics or valleytronics devices. Courtesy of: Henry Yu
Electrical March 31, 2022

Graphene on textured surface allows for 2D electron optics

Rice University scientists put forth the idea that graphene on a gently textured surface turns it into “pseudo-electromagnetic” devices.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow, Rice University
AI and Machine Learning February 2, 2022

Machine learning fine-tunes flash graphene

Rice University scientists are using machine-learning techniques to streamline the process of synthesizing graphene from waste through flash Joule heating. 

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Brandon Martin, Rice University
Energy, Power January 29, 2022

Using sound to analyze laser-induced graphene in real time

Rice University researchers discovered that sound can be used to analyze the properties of laser-induced graphene in real time.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow, Rice University
Process Instrumentation and Sensors October 15, 2021

Urban mining for metals turns electronic trash into treasure

Flash Joule heating by Rice lab recovers precious metals from electronic waste in seconds, which could reduce hazardous waste and processing time. See video.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Motoaki Bamba, Kyoto University
Industrial PCs June 5, 2021

Odd angles make for strong spin-spin coupling for quantum technology

Rice University researchers have found an orthoferrite material showing uniquely tunable interactions that could have a major impact on quantum technology and sensing.

By Mike Williams
Discrete Manufacturing May 8, 2021

Laser-induced graphene process creates micron-scale patterns

Rice University researchers adapted its laser-induced graphene technique to make high-resolution, micron-scale patterns, which could benefit on-chip microsupercapacitors, functional nanocomposites and microfluidic arrays.

By Mike Williams
AI and Machine Learning May 5, 2021

Neural nets used to rethink material design for batteries, more

Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, researchers introduced are using machine learning predict the evolution of microstructures in materials, which could change how items like batteries and other structures are made.

By Mike Williams
Vision and Discrete Sensors April 26, 2021

Touchless temperature sensor developed

A touchless temperature sensor using infrared light to take a person's body temperature to detect COVID-19 and more has been developed by Rice University engineers. See video.

By Mike Williams
Process Instrumentation and Sensors March 24, 2021

Refining tests for detecting COVID-19 in wastewater facilities

Rice University-led study evaluates methods to find signs of COVID-19 virus in municipal wastewater plants and have found a viable and consistent method for detection.

By Mike Williams
PID, APC March 1, 2021

Theory accelerates push for spintronic devices

Rice University models help ID materials for advanced electronics, computer memories for spintronics.

By Mike Williams
Electrical January 14, 2021

Metallic nanoparticles could find use in electronics, optics

Rice University scientists extended their technique to produce graphene in a flash to tailor the properties of other 2D materials, which could be used in electronics and optics.

By Mike Williams
Electrical September 11, 2020

Electricity generated by temperature differences

Electricity generated by temperature differences doesn’t appear to be affected measurably by grain boundaries placed in its way in nanoscale gold wires.

By Mike Williams
Other Building Types August 17, 2020

How carbon nanotube fibers are becoming stronger

Wet-spun carbon nanotube fibers have doubled in strength and conductivity and this could lead to breakthroughs in a host of medical and materials applications.

By Mike Williams
Educational Facilities July 22, 2020

Health students not hampered by distance, COVID-19 in innovation

Rice University, Malawi students design devices to help keep medical workers, public safe from COVID-19.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power July 15, 2020

Adhesive tape improves lithium batteries’ performance, lifespan

Rice University researchers turned adhesive tape into a silicon oxide film improve lithium metal technology and make them last longer.

By Mike Williams
Industrial PCs June 19, 2020

Excitons can be manipulated for electronic, quantum computing applications

Rice University researchers found that excitons can be manipulated in new and useful ways, which could be beneficial for electronic, spintronic and quantum computing applications.

By Mike Williams
Robotics June 16, 2020

Lab makes 4D printing more practical for robotics, biomedical implant applications

Rice University researchers have advanced the manufacture of complex shapeshifters for soft robots, biomedical implants with 4D printing.

By Mike Williams
AI and Machine Learning June 12, 2020

Engineers develop methods for AI bottlenecks with machine-learning algorithms

Researchers at Rice University present energy-saving designs for data-intensive computer processing with machine-learning algorithms that can improve energy efficiency.

By Mike Williams
Electrical May 16, 2020

2D oxide flakes pick up electrical properties

Rice University lab detects piezoelectric effects in nanosheets due to defects, which could improve energy harvesting applications.

By Mike Williams
Vision and Discrete Sensors April 2, 2020

University physicists, engineers upgrading Large Hadron Collider sensors

Rice University physicists and engineers are working on improving machine vision sensors to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) for better insights and information about the universe's inner workings.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power March 31, 2020

Double-walled nanotubes have electro-optical advantages

Rice University calculations show double-walled nanotubes could be highly useful for solar panels and other nanoelectronics applications such as photovoltaics.

By Mike Williams
Process Safety March 18, 2020

Nano strategy fights superbugs for wastewater plants

A three-step method developed by Rice University researchers to produce molecular-imprinted graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets can help catch and kill free-floating antibiotic resistant genes found in secondary effluent produced by wastewater plants.

By Mike Williams
System Integration February 18, 2020

Laser-induced graphene for flexible electronics

Scientists are using a very small visible beam to burn the foamy form of carbon into microscopic patterns, which could lead to wider commercial production of flexible electronics and sensors.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power January 21, 2020

The dangers of pushing batteries too hard

Simulations by Rice University researchers shows too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries.

By Mike Williams
Energy Efficiency December 12, 2019

Detours can improve batteries for electronics, solar energy storage

Scientists at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects could improve how lithium ions travel in batteries.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power September 5, 2019

Greenhouse gases transformed into liquid fuel

Rice University researchers have found a common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels.

By Mike Williams
Industrial PCs August 16, 2019

Tunable 2-D material developed for optoelectronics, advanced computing

Rice University researchers are developing 2-D transition metal dichalcogenides, which could be useful for optoelectronic applications and quantum computing.

By Mike Williams
Educational Facilities August 14, 2019

Universities receive NSF grants to boost minorities in STEM fields

Rice University, Texas Southern University (TSU) and the University of Houston (UH) have won an NSF grant to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power July 17, 2019

Researchers develop device that channels heat into light

Rice University scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation and increase the efficiency of solar energy systems.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power June 8, 2019

Flexible generators turn movement into energy

Rice University researchers have produced flexible devices that use laser-induced graphene, which are designed turn movement into electrical energy and could enable wearable, self-powered sensors and devices.

By Mike Williams
Research June 2, 2019

Researchers grow stable 2-D magnets for electronic, storage applications

Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of an iron oxide that could be combined with 2-D materials for electronic and spintronic applications that take advantage of their spin states.

By Mike Williams
Energy, Power May 28, 2019

Flexible insulator developed for thermal conduction, energy storage

Researchers at Rice University have developed a nanocomposite that is designed to be a superior high-temperature dielectric material for flexible electronics, energy storage and electric devices.

By Mike Williams
Vision and Discrete Sensors May 24, 2019

Researchers develop portable hyperspectral camera for imaging, research applications

Rice University engineers are building a portable hyperspectral camera, Tunable Light-Guide Image Processing Snapshot Spectrometer (TuLIPSS), which allows researchers to instantly capture data across the visible and near-infrared spectrum.

By Mike Williams
Electrical May 14, 2019

Researchers develop technology for flexible electronics

Rice University scientists have developed a dielectric designed to help manufacturers looking to create flexible electronics.

By Mike Williams
AI and Machine Learning May 4, 2019

Deep learning helps researchers understand new 2-D materials being discovered

Rice University engineers have developed faster techniques to model atom-flat materials for bottom-up design.

By Mike Williams
Educational Facilities April 29, 2019

University wins grant to boost STEM education

The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) has won a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to help STEM faculty and staff enroll 20 greater Houston teachers.

By Mike Williams